Federal bill includes $14 million to boost water storage for Central Valley, Nor Cal

A congressional bill includes almost $14 million in funding for water projects in the Central Valley and Northern California.

Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, said he was successful in working the funding into an Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that includes spending for infrastructure across the nation.

According to a Harder press release, the bill has $4.1 million for the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program, which supplies highly treated wastewater from Modesto and Turlock to farmland in western Stanislaus County.

The Del Puerto Water District near Patterson stands to receive $1.5 million for development of a Del Puerto Canyon reservoir capable of storing 85,000 acre-feet of water.

Other funding includes $6 million for the proposed Sites Reservoir near Colusa and $2.1 million for Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

“The Central Valley has been left behind by funding bills for too long but now that’s changing,” Harder said in the news release. “We’re finally getting the support we need to make meaningful investments in our water infrastructure that will grow and secure our water supply.”